Christian Liturgy 101: How One Church Worshiped Feb 21, 2021

by Bobby Gilles

in Liturgy & Sermons

Welcome to Sojourn’s weekly worship music set list review & service recap. You’ll not only read a list of the songs we led, but also the readings and prayers from our liturgy. You can also watch the video stream of the whole service from our Facebook page or here below (you can also see a video of our sermon alone, from Vimeo).

Our liturgy is directed by Worship Director Justin Shaffer, in collaboration with our Creative Staff at Sojourn Church New Albany, our Liturgy writers, and worship staff at the other four Sojourn Collective churches in the Louisville area.

This Sunday Pastor Jonah Sage preached from Matthew 25:31-46  in our series on Matthew 23-28: Finished: The End Of The World And Our Way Of Living With It. To learn more about Sojourn Church, click here.

February 21, 2021 – Jonah Sage – Death Of Denial – HD 1080p from Sojourn Collective on Vimeo.


Good morning, welcome to Sojourn! I’m Justin – I’m one of the deacons here and I want to welcome you. It is good to be gathered with this family once again. Praise God for overcoming our circumstances to allow us to gather safely both here in person and via our Facebook live feed.   

Our call to worship comes from Psalm 42, a beautiful and very honest Psalm. Here we see the Psalmist asking why his soul is so downcast. And just as he felt safe to freely admit where he was before God, God invites us to do the same… church, you are safe with God, you are safe here 🙂

In the middle of this Psalm of brutal honesty and bluntness – lies a beautiful hope – the psalmist is able to look up from his reality, and see that God is working. As we read these verses together, allow the Spirit to adjust the gaze of your heart from any pressing troubles, and to remember that God is ever-present with us today.

Let’s read these verses together:

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

—Psalm 42:8, 11 ESV

Amen. Holy Spirit, fix our gaze on Jesus this morning – let’s sing together.

—Song 1: “Nothing but the Blood – Uptempo Gospel version” Key, Justin

—Song 2: “King of My Heart” Key, Meg


The Joy of Forgiveness

1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered.

2 Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.


5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

and you forgave the guilt of my sin.


6 Therefore let all who are faithful

offer prayer to you;

at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters

shall not reach them.

7 You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.


-Psalm 32:1-7 NRSV

—Song 3: “Promises (Maverick City)” Key, Meg

—Song 4: “Death in His Grave” Key, Justin


Hear the words of Jesus:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

-Matthew 22:36-40 NIV

Let’s live into that and pass the peace 🙂

——————————————   [SERMON & COMMUNION]   ——————————————-

—Song 5: “Grace and Peace” Key, Leader



 “Jesus poured out his heart for us… go and pour out your heart to him, to your family and friends, to the church, and to the world”

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